It’s all systems go when holders Real Madrid face Juventus in the final of the 2017 Champions League at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Eleven-time winners Real are aiming to become the first team to retain the title, while Juve are seeking a third crown.
By all means, this match, a repeat of the 1998 final won by Real 1-0, is guaranteed to be another significant content in Champions League lore.
Real’s vaunted offence anchored on Cristiano Ronaldo versus Juve’s fearsome defence provideb mainly by their BBC – Bonucci, Barzaghi and Chiellini.
And everything in between, both sides have players who can steal the thunder, who can make the difference and who can rise to the occasion just to get the win for their team.
There is Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos among others for the Los Blancos.
Other than the BBC, Juve can do wonders with Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic or Paulo Dybala, and their ageless goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
No matter what we discuss here, focal point will always centre on the prolific Ronaldo, the reigning World Player of the Year.
On Tuesday, he boldly said Real Madrid will beat Juventus in the final.
Of course, the Spanish club are soaring with confidence after having won the la Liga title this season.
Their mission to win a first back-to-back coup all the more add up to their intent to win at all cost.
Ronaldo, constantly dangerous after drilling in hat-tricks against Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals and Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, highly believes Real will go home clutching a record 12th European crown.
“We have to prove our character and who is the best,’’ Ronaldo said. “They are an excellent team but so we are. I have a feeling we are going to play a great game and we are going to win.’’
This final will also pit tactics from the bench between Real boss Zinedine Zidane and his Juve counterpart Massimiliano Allegri.
Zidane has delivered four trophies for Real since his 2016 assumption as manager, but looming in his way to claim another title is Allegri, who downplayed their chances by saying Real are the favoured team.
For the Italian manager, it is vital to look into the bright side as Juve gird for their ninth final appearance.
To prove his point, he waxed poetic by uttering: “ “Negativity breeds negativity and positivity breeds positivity.’’
No to be outdone, Ronaldo came to Zidane’s side and praised the latter’s important decisions in handling the team and leading them to victories.
So like most of you, we can’t wait to see this titanic clash unfold before our very eyes at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Can Ronaldo weave his magic again or can the Juve defence shackle him and deny the Spanish side a back-to-back coup?
So who do you think will reign supreme: Real or Juve?